Last night, about 20 musicians/bands were selected for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, prompting such questions as: how does someone get nominated to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Why does it matter? Isn't that a bit self-congratulatory? Where even is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Cleveland? It's in Cleveland? Ohio?
The nominated artists are Radiohead
, Kate Bush
, Nina Simone, Eurythmics, Rage Against the Machine
, Bon Jovi
, Judas Priest, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, Nina Simone, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, amongst others. Some of the nominees were more excited than others to be nominated. Radiohead's Ed O'Brien reportedly told Rolling Stone
that that he doesn't care about induction, saying "...if you ask me what I'd rather be doing that night, I'd rather be sitting at home in front of the fire or going to a gig."
Join me in picturing blazer-clad Ed O'Brien sitting in front of the fireplace at his house, strumming his Stratocaster moodily, muttering "this is so much better than getting an award for my lifetime of musical accomplishments" softly to himself.
Other bands were more enthusiastic about the nominations. Judas Priest said of their nomination: "We have lived breathed blood sweat and teared our way through four decades making the metal we love so to be recognized this way is sensational!" With such a wide variety of artists, from so many genres and decades, one wonders: how do you get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Here's what you'll need, according to the RRHoF website:
1. A career as musician, performer, or composer
2. An album that's at least 25 years old
3. "Unquestionable musical excellence and talent"
4. A significant impact on rock and roll evolution and history
You'll also need the 900 musicians, journalists, and historians who vote on the nominees each year to be big fans of yours. And starting in 2012, the Hall of Fame started counting the votes of the public as a single ballot, so you'll probably need a decent social media campaign too. And what do you get if you are, in fact, inducted? Fame and fortune, though presumably as a rock star with at least a 25-year career, you already have that. So, a slight bump in album sales I guess?